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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 25, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. L—NO. 131 • Chances For EDC Slimmer Mendes-Fronce Submits Issue To Assembly PARIS (AP) — The European army treaty's chance: looked slimmer than ever to day following Premier Pierre Mendes - France's decision to submit the pact to the National Assembly Saturday without government support. He told reporters last night he would not stake the life of his government by calling for a vote of confidence on the treaty's ratification. The crucial decision not to recommend it as government policy was made at a Cabinet meeting which lasted into the late hours. Even as the ministers met, U. S. Secretary of State Dulles and other backers of the proposed European Defense Community expressed hope the French still might squeeze through ratification. The French Cabinet's decision left little basis for such hopes. West Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg already have formally approved the agreement to pool their military resources with those of France and Italy. Italian ratification was expected to hinge on the French action. Rejected France's five partners in the scheme, meeting with her at a foreign minister's conference last weekend in Brussels, unanimously rejected Mendes-France's proposals to drastically change the project. The alterations would have stripped EDC of much of its central authority. After Brussels it was left to France, the originator of EDC, to Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS LUXORA HAS HEALTH CLINIC — Residents of Luxora this morning visited their City Hall for a health clinic conducted through joint cooperation of the Luxora PTA, Osceola District of the Mississippi County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Mississippi County Health Units. Shown above are visitors to the clinic receiving immunization shots. (Courier News Photo) A total of 424 shots were given for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and typhoid. Guidance in nutrition, sanitation, maternity care, and venereal disease tests were also given. Mrs. C. D. Smith, chairman of the Luxora PTA's health committee, and Mayor Moses Sliman helped arrange the clinic. Aiding were Mrs .Stanley D. Carpenter, public information chairman of the Osceola District Red Cross Chapter, and Mrs. Bruce Colbert and Mrs. Wirt Steed, staff aides of the chapter. County Health Nurses Annabel Fill and Clara Ambrose administered shots and counseled clinic \ r isitors. A venereal disease clinic has been scheduled for the Blytheville unit of the County Health Department tomorrow, Mrs. Fill said today. Immunizations for various diseases are given throughout the year on Monday in Blytheville, Friday in Dell, and Wednesday in Luxora, she pointed out. The annual immunization program in public schools will get underway soon with opening of the school sessions, Mrs. Fill added. approve the form or kill plan in it off. its original French reluctance to give up its national army in favor of a unified force stems chiefly from fear of a rearmed Germany and reluctance to relinquish any national sovereignty. Mitchell to Testify On Power Issue WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell, who calls the plan "a raw deal," will have the chance Sept. 2 to tell Congress what he finds wrong with the administration's controversial contract for private power in the Tennessee Valley area. Rep. W, Sterling Cole (R-NY), chairman of the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee, wired Mendes-France said last night his Mitchell yesterday an invitation to w rac-rift"" *™ivi * * «"H V* t r tttn H £iri/'»«» r\T rv» o l_ government would oppose any further delay in getting a final French vote on the treaty. He reportedly told the other foreign ministers in Brussels last week that unless they accepted his modifications, the Assembly would defeat the treaty by some 30 votes. Mark 'Pachuco' AF Links Murder To Terrorists CHANUTE AIR BASE. 111. (/Pi- Officials at Chanute Air Force Base have reopened the investigation of the pistol death June 6 of an airman, hitherto considered accidental, and linked it to the terrorist Pachuco society. Maj. Gen. Byron E. Gates, commander of this technica Itraining base of 15,000 men, said an airman held for questioning in the slaying is an admitted Pachuco. He is one of 50 gang members held in the stockade. Authorities said first investigation of the death of Airman Edmund F. Lohr. 19, of Noroton Heights, Conn., had resulted in a verdict that he had been killed accidentally while cleaning a gun. They said the man being held in connection with the death, also a basic airman, was with Lohr behind a barrack when the airman was killed. Authorities said the admitted Pachuco told them the death was an accident; that the gun was discharged while Lohr was "fooling around" with it. The' roundup of the 50 on the base followed offenses which Gates said ranged from AWOL to marijuana addiction and to "savage assaults on members who had 'ratted 1 on Pachuco" He described the 50 airmen as "arrogant 1 'and "faithful .to the laws of Pachuco." Many of the men will be given court-artials and dishonorable discharges as a result of the investigation, he said. Pachuco members take an oath, signed in blood, requiring tliem to carry knives at all times, perform acts of violence and pledge to give no Information to law enforcement officer*. . , testify on "any evidence of malfeasance or impropriety." Mitchell was being asked to appear, Cole told the Democratic chairman, "in view of your repeated intemperate charges against President Eisenhower in this matter." "Glad" of Chance Mitchell promptly replied he was "glad" to accept the invitation and added: "I am troubled however by your telegram which characterizes my questions as 'intemperate charges.' This would seem to indicate that in advance of a hearing you have prejudged this case in such a way as to raise doubts over your ability to conduct an impartial hearing." Mitchell's appearance before the committee seemed certain to mark a fresh round in the swirling dispute over President Eisenhower's order directing the AEC to contract with a private utility combine for power to be delivered over Tennessee Valley Authority lines to the Memphis, Tenn., area. TVA is to deliver power in turn to the AEC plant at Paducah, Ky. Major Debate Issue The 107-million-dollar contract, which must still get the committee's okay, was a major issue during the Senate's marathon debate over new atomic, energy legislation. Congress wound up okaying a provision which would specifically allow the contract. Mitchell took up the issue in Chicago last week, intimating among other things that Eisenhower's friendship with golfer Bobby Jones influenced the award to the power combine, known as the Dixon-Yates group after its top officers. Eisenhower said he rejected innuendoes that friendship was a factor, and Mitchell said he accepted Jones' statement that he did . not discuss the matter with the President. However, the Democratic chairman repeated his questions about the contract, saying it was going to "cost the public millions of dollars." Summer Business Up to Par McCarthys Strategy May Determine Extent Of Censure Inquiry WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy's defense strategy appeared likely today to determine how many witnesses will be called by a special Senate committee assigned to weigh censure charges against the Wisconsin Republican. The committee's public hearings, now scheduled to start Aug. 31, will be based at the outset Widespread Rioting Hits Gathings Urges Drought Aid for Si/ 1 N. E. Arkansas Letters requesting drought relief aid for Mississippi County and other counties in Northeast Arkansas have been sent by Rep. E. C. (Took) Gathings to the chairmen of the Drought Committees of both the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation state office and the Department of Agriculture. In his letters. Rep. Gathings states that feed crops and soybeans are ''almost a total loss in large areas of these counties." Pas-' ture conditions are critical, he wrote, and the cotton crop "will produce only about one-half of normal." He asked that farmers in Mississippi, Clay, Greene. Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, St. Francis, Crittenden, Lee and Phillips Counties be made eligible for drought disaster said. Munitions Explosion Rocks City SPRINGFIELD, Mo. fcPI - An ammunition - laden freight car caught fire in the Frisco freight yards last night, touching off a series of spectacular explosions and spraying 105 mm. shells over a wide area. Exploding shells hit one house, destroying it. Another was badly damaged. But only one person was reported injured. The car contained 1910 cases with two shells in each case. Two Frisco yardmen were credited with averting a far more serious situation. The men. Gerald Summons and Sam Gaston, un- j coupled the burning car from ' three other cars also loaded with ammunition. A freight engine pulled those three cars and the remainder of the train out of danger. Then a switch engine pushed ~ the flaming car west of the yards. L. C. Garner, superintendent of the Frisco terminal here, said the shells had already started to explode when the yardmen uncou- i be on five classes of charges. Indications are the six-member group plans to take testimony from relatively few witnesses. However, Chairman Watkins (R- Utah) made clear that the committee was keeping a free hand to expand the number of charges it will inquire into and the witnesses it will call. "We're not going to close the door." he said. So far McCarthy has not indicated publicly what tack his defense will take. Most Important In announcing yesterday that th committee had decided to conduct hearings initially on five categories of charges, Watkins said they seemed to be "the most important" of 46—some of them overlapping—which were submitted by Senators Flanders (R-Vt), Fulbright (D-Ark) and Morse (Ind- Ore). He also observed that the evidence relating to them is already a matter of public record. Reached at La Jolla, Calif., where he is vacationing, McCarthy said he had no comment on the roster of charges. However, he called the special roup a "good committee" and added: "It's not their fault when Sena- ors Flanders, Fulbright and Morse made their charges. It was incumbent on the Senate to order an investigation. These charges have all been fully aired. They are pretty old hat by now." Watkins said that if the committee can use existing records the he'arings will not take as long as if it had to call witnesses to gather its evidence. Unanswered Questions Among questions still unanswered, however, are. how many witnesses McCarthy will ask to have called, what subjects he will open up in presenting his defense, and how rigorous he and his counsel will be in cross-examination. The resolution of censure was introduced by Flanders, who asked the Senate to condemn McCarthy's conduct on the ground that it was unbecoming a senator and tended to bring the Senate into disrepute. Flanders subsequently filed 33 separate specifications. Seven others were submitted by Fulbright and six by Morse. The special bipartisan invest- formation from executive files." 4. '-Incidents involving abuses of colleagues in the Senate." 5. That McCarthy allegedly abused Brig. Gen. Ralph Z wicker, then commanding general at Camp Kilmer, N. J., during an investigation of the promotion and discharge of Maj. Irving Peress. characterized by McCarthy as a "Fifth Amendment Communist." Fighting Flares Following Removal of Vargas 7 Body By JIMMIE PAYNE RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Widespread rioting — some of it directed at American business installations flared in the Brazilian capital today immediately after the body of Getulio Vargas was taken by" plane to burial in southern Brazil. * Tex Beneke Is Signed For NCPC Cotton Ball Tex Beneke, the old Glenn Miller sax man, will bring his nationally-known orchestra to Blytheville for the annual Cotton Ball of the National Cotton Picking Contest. igating committee said yesterday that out of these 46 charges, it has grouped 13 under five different headings: 1. That McCartliy . WASHINGTON L?) — Business sailed along about on even seasonal keel from spring to early summer, the Commerce Department says, with a free spending public making up for purse tightening by the federal government. And it says the nation's total production of goods and services turned up a little bit in the second quarter of the year, after nine months of decline. Monthly Survey The department, in the August number' of its monthly business survey made public yesterday, added that July sales at retail stores were about average for the season despite a sharp drop during the month- in auto sales. But employment, it said, continued to "drift downward through July" with most of the payroll trimming in the manufacturing industry. • The Federal Reserve Board meanwhile released a study of em- p 1 o y m e n t and unemployment trends that said the pattern of the recent business downturn was i closely similar to that in the 1948"49 recession. Industries and areas most dependent on employment in durable goods factories and textiles • mills suffered most, the reserve board said, while employment was most stable in the south central, mountain and pacific states and in met- j ropolitan centers for trade and j services like New York City, Los | Angeles and Boston. i _ . _ . * \ The Commerce Department said j fUCK I /7£?f L ! defense outlays declined by an an- ' ' M1 - fv •••**•* i nual rate of about 9'A billion dol- | Jars from the second quarter of j 1953, when security spending reached an all-time peak of 54^ billion dollars a year, through the j second quarter of this year, when defense spending was at an annual rate of 44^ billion dollars. Sharp Decline In the second quarter of this j year the decline was still sharp, j though less steep than in preced- j ing quarters—about 2',/, billion dol- | lars annual rate, compared with i a decline in defense spending in j the first quarter of the year of j nearly 3 3 / 4 billion dollars, annual r.i.te. This appeared to give sub- Announcement of the band's procurement was made today by Kelley Welch, NCPC chairman. Beneke. his band and vocalist, Marilu Martin, will hold forth in the Main Exhibit Building at Walker Park Fairgrounds on the night of Oct. 1. Each year, the cotton ball climaxes two days of festivities run off in connection with the National Cotton Picking Contest. "Signing of the Beneke orchestra is just one step in keeping with our plan to make the 1954 Contest the largest and best ever staged." Mr. Welch stated. Tickets and table reservations are to go on sale sometime late this week or early next week, he stated. The Beneke orchestra has been featured on radio, television and records since World War II, when he took over the late Glenn Miller's band. Not counting those he made with Glenn Miller, Beneke has seen more than 10 million of his records sold Tex Beneke and has been featured on several television programs. Strong U. S. Support Seen If Formosa Hit Two persons were killed and ! more than 30 persons were injured in an outbreak of violence after a half million Brazilians had gathered at Rio's downtown airport to pay a last farewell to Vargas — the strong man leader who chose yesterday to take his own life rather than yield the presidency by force. Three Killed Three persons were killed and 30 injured in clashes yesterday in Brazil. This morning' troops patrolled the streets in heavy numbers while Vargas' body was taken from the presidential palace to the airport. There was no outburst until after the plane left the airport for Vargas' home in southern'srazil wher« he was to be buried in an unblessed grave. A crowd gathered in front of the Air Ministry, apparently, to express their hostility at lie 58 air force and army generals who forced Vargas, 71, to resign. Troops rushed to the scene and opened fire, injuring two persons. Violence spread to other areas. In the central area of the citv a riot car tried to disperse a mob. The angry Brazilians mobbed the car and set it afire. At least 20 persons were reported injured in that incident. Hospitals in another section re* ported treating at least 10 persona for injuries. Oil Company Hit Windows of the Standard Oil Co. building were smashed and crowds gathered at the TJ. S. Embassy, which was placed "under heavy guard. Troops finally cleared the streets. Loudspeakers mounted on trucks rolled through the downtown area, calling on the population in the name of the chief of police to maintain order, U.S. diplomatic buildings and TOKYO (AP) — The United States would back up the! firms - as wel1 as newspapers which 7th Fleet with all available military strength if Communist | °S Var?as ' were major tar ~ China attacked Formosa, an authoritative military source said here today. "The Communists would be very unwise to launch an operation There was mounting speculation that the United States will not against Formosa." he said. "I am [keep hands off if the Communists -! sure they would fail and I am attack such islands as Quemoy off tempt for the Senate by his failure i sure they know they would fail, i Amoy, Matsu and the Tachens, to appear to answer accusations If they tried it, they would be in I about 200 miles northwest of For- siiowed con- to appear before a Senate Rules subcommit- for a terrible beating." tee that investigated his financial! "All forces in position to do so affairs in 1951-52. j would assist the 7th Fleet in carry- 2. "Incidents of encouragement' ing out its mission," said this high- of United States' employes to vio-Jiy qualified source, who asked not late the law and their oaths of of- to be identified. fice or executive orders." i The 7th Fleet has guarded the 3. "Incidents involving receipt) c h i n e s e Nationalist stronghold or use of confidential or classified S jnce 1950 and President Eisen- documents or other confidential in- 2 Blytheville Men Held for hower said only a few days ago that any Red invasion force would have to run over the fleet. Bluff Seen The military source said that in his opinion the recent barrage of Red threats to "liberate" Formosa represents either propaganda war or a bluff to sound out U.S. intentions on defending the island. ..a i'aipeh. Nationalist officials voiced satisfaction over the state- TAIPEH, Formosa (t?) — Govern- j of business. pled the car. i stance to reports that during the Persons in the area were evacu- ! spring> ,. th , e S° verRment loosened I up a llt . le Qn 1CS expen d ltures ated. All streets and roads for a mile around the scene were barricaded. The fire started about 7 p.m. By midnight the car had burned itself out. Officials said the fire apparently was caused by a "hot box," a lubricating mechanism on a freight car which has become overheated by friction. , K " L ° help bUSm6SS •But the bi public. Its spendable income in the first half of this year was slightly more, despite doubled unemployment, than in the first half of last year. The income boast came from tax See BUSINESS on Pagre 10 JONESBORO — Two Blytheville j mem yeste rday by U.S. Secretary men are being held in the county > of Stale j ohn *p 0 " ster Dulles that jail at Jonesboro on charges of | lhg 7th FJeet would be j ustified in ; - »-* grand larceny after being arrested j defendmg some Nationalist island near here last night while driving i strong poims off the China coast . a pick-up truck which was stolen; ______ from John Tyrone of Blytheville. ! The truck which was taken last Nationalists Aid Victims night around 7 p.m. was recovered at 8:30 p.m. when Don Walker, state policeman, and J. W. Moneyham, chief of police, arrested John Boles. 31, and Joe Thurmond. 40, at the intersection of Highway 63 and 18, according to State Police Sgt. Wyatt L. Patrick, criminal investigator at Jonesboro. Boles and Thurmond are being held for Jackson county authorities Rioters burned the office of the Diarios Associados publishing and radio chain in Porto Alegre, on the Atlantic Coast, heavily damaged the U.S. consulates in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre, and hurled rocks through the windows of the heavilv guarded U.S. Cl k/Vji U u —Vv A*A-A^O *J\Ji til » tOL \J± J." WA ~ ' -pi » - * mosa. All lie onlv a few miles off (Embassy m Rio. Reds Spark Riots j Many rioters, apparently | sparked by the Communists as {well as traditional anti-U.S. feelings, blamed the United States for | fomenting the crisis which brought Vargas' downfall. Obviously, too. the rioters were incited by the 600-word suicide letter Vargas wrote just before his death yesterday, in which he spoke of "a subterranean campaign of international groups joined with national groups revolting against the regime of workers' guarantees." I After writing the letter, the 71- STONEVILLE, Miss. I.?)—Arkan-j year-old strong man put a bullet sas and other mid-South farm! through his heart. Only a short leaders are seeking a change in | time before, a group of 58 air plans proposed by the U. S. De-i force and army generals had partment of Agriculture which j forced him to quit his post, would reduce ------ j -' the mainland coast. The authoritative military source here said he thought a "military rampart" should be raised in Southeast Asia to beat back Communist aggression. Farm Leaders Seek Change In Cotton Plans cotton acreage in; since the beginning of World „ ! War n. Vargas had been a staunch Tne group told officials m Wash- j ally of the United states> first jington last week that a more real-; against Germaav and later against j istic approach to tne diverted acre-1 communisrn is needed or many: Brazirs '^ Presldentt 55 , year . wih be forcea out j old Jo&0 Cafg FilhQ> who amomati- Nationalist planes flew deep into include: W. A. Crabill, president the Red Chinese mainland last; of Delta Council; G. C. Cortwright, night and dropped rice for victims j chairman of the agricultural com- , . . of the Yangtze River flood. They mittee: B. F. Smith, secretary- plane today lor burial at his native cally stepped presidency, is favorable to the United States. Vargas* bodv was to leave bv up irom tne vice regarded similarly also loosed hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets. Reds Defend Constitution treasurer of the Delta Council: J. C. Portis, president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas: and because the truck was stolen Newport. Sgt. Patrick said. Boles has a criminal record of a in LONDON (.?) — MOSCOW radio charged today that the new legislation conviction for burglary and grand larceny, he said. forfeits DW7 Bond Bennett Potter forfeited $111.75 bond this morning in Municipal Court on a charge of driving while intoxicated. outlawing the Communist Crabii! said the group suggested the "total farm allotment" be established on a three-vear base party in the United States was "a rather than one year and that a flagrant violation of the U. S. Con- j maximum percentage be set up stitution." for individual farm compliance. At Last! Conversation with Fying Saucer Pilot OSLO (#)—Two Norwegian women claim they not only had a close look at a flying saucer but they talked to its "dark-skinned, long-haired" pilot. Skeptical police have launched an investigation. The two women. Mrs. Aasta Solvang, and her sister. Edit Ja- cobscn, said the saucerman pop- pod out at them from behind some bushes last Friday near Mofjell, in northern Norway. Their story was published yesterday by the local paper Nord- lands Folkeblad. This was the sisters' account: "We were picking berries when suddenly a dark man .with long hair—but otherwise lookin? very much like an ordinary human being — came out from behind Some bushes. "We were frightened at first, but the man appeared very friendly, and stopped toward us." One of them addressed him in English, French, German, and Norwegian. "He didn't seem to understand * word." The stranger then attempted to communicate by drawing "circles and what looked like pictures of heavenly bodies" on a piece of paper. The stranger finally led them to his craft, which looked like "two 'deep saucers sandwiched together," about 15 feet across The mystery man opened a hatch and crawled into the disc. Moments Inter the craft "rose from the ground and began rotating, first slowly, then increasingly faster." Then, suddenly, it disappeared at an "incredible speed." Inside Today's Courier News . . . Same Old Browns (Orioles) . . . Phillies Mad at Terry Moore . . . Arkansas Lettermen Dominate Backficld Except at Important Tailback Slot . . . Sports . . . Pages 6 and 7 ... . . . Osceola News and Feature . . . Pajce 5 ... . . . Democrats to Make Campaign Issue of New Flexible Farm Support Law; GOP Confident of Support . . . Third in a Series on The 83rd Congress . . . 3 ... Dyess Hospital Re-Opening As Clinic Till Full Use Possible DYESS — The Dyess Hospital is; Plans call for the repair work to being repaired in preparation for j be done by Dyess citizens. use as a clinic by a doctor until. Hospital officials said the com- the institution can be put into full i munity of some 800 fam i lies is in operation again after being closed j need of a doc tor and the hospital prairie village of Sao Borja, in the state of Rio Grande do Sol in southern Brazil. Denied Rites Because he died a suicide, Roman Catholic authorities denied See BRAZIL on Page 10 for a year according to information from the hospital board. Delinquent taxes were paid on the hospital property and the building redeemed from the state in accord with action ;:aken by the residents of Dyess at, a meeting about three weeks ago. The will be used as a clinic until the institution can again be put into full operation. Efforts are being made to contact a doctor it was reported. Berlin Furr was elected to the hospital board to fill a vacancy , ine uyess Gin and Dyess Store, ! *' hich occurred when the term of , co-operativelv owned by people of'; p eor ^ e f' mt ° n expired. Remain- Dyess, paid 'the back taxes out of i ing j> n the board to fmish unex ' | the store's and gin's general fund | pired lerms are Lonnie Taylor j and returned the title to the medi- j Wlllie Glover. M. M, Williams and j cal association. (Everett Jackson. I ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thursday with isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers; not much change in temperatures. MISSOURI—Fair and warm this afternoon; partly cloudy north with scattered thundershowers extreme north tonight: fair south; Thursday partly cloudy turning cooler north. Minimum thl* morning—T7. Maximum y«*t*rday—93. Sunrise tomorrow—5:38. Sunset today—6:36. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—81. Precipitation last 24 hour* (7 a.m. to 7 a.m.)—none. Precipitation Jan. I M ttk* date — 28.45. This Bate Last T«Nlf Maximum yesterday—-95. Minimum thi» morning—««. Precipitation JAQUWT l M 4*M — 34.7«.

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